[The following excerpt is published courtesy of DLRC Press and its author, David & John Feigenbaum. This information was originally published in 1991 in The Complete Guide Certified Barber Coinage]
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About the Authors
David Lawrence Feigenbaum
Dave founded David Lawrence Rare Coins in 1979 , growing out of his love for Barber coinage.
His fascination with coins began in New York City in the early 1950′s, when interesting coins were still circulating. As a young numismatist, he was intrigued by the Barber coinage (dimes, quarters and halves) that appeared occasionally, but only in low grades.
Later, Dave continued collecting while he pursued a Ph.D. in Oceanography, but eventually started buying and selling on a regular basis at local coin shows. The business was officially launched in 1979 as a part-time venture out of his home and, in 1988 he left university life completely and opened a full – time office in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Since the first edition of “The Complete Guide to Barber Quarters” in 1989, Dave has written books on the Barber dimes and halves as well. He is also a frequent contributor of articles to the Coin Dealer Newsletter Monthly Supplement, the Journal of the Barber Coin Collectors’ Society and the “Red Book,” among others.
In September of 1996, Dave was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which continues to rob him of his muscular ability. Three years later, Dave is still able to come in the office on a regular basis to advise on various deals and write books. The company is now run by his son, John.
A 1990 graduate of Virginia Tech, John has been a familiar face in the coin industry since 1979, when he helped his father set up at small shows in the South Florida area.
In 1997, John took over daily operations at David Lawrence Rare Coins, which has seen steady growth. As president and senior numismatist, John has the opportunity to handle tens of thousands of coins each year — many of them Barbers.
John has been instrumental in the publication of over a dozen other numismatic books ranging from the Van Allen/Mallis “Encyclopedia of Morgan and Peace Dollars” to his solo effort, “The Complete Guide to Washington Quarters,” in 1994.